Dock Boggs-Country Blues
Recorded in 1927 in New York City. Jon Pankake wrote "[t]he haunted dissonance of Boggs' banjo playing and the harsh, overpowering emotion of his singing together with the bleakness of the vision expressed in his songs caused me to rethink my notion of 'folk music,' which hitherto I had associated with Pete Seeger's optimism and cheerful, bouncing banjo." This tune belongs to the same family of so-called blues ballads as "Hustling Gamblers" and "Darling Cory."
Source 78rpm>CD>MP3Run time 3:04
June 5, 2016
Riding on the back of great artists
From sampling Leftover Salmon and especially Donna the Buffalo, and as a new user here, I see that archive.org is used by vastly inferior but presumptuous artists to have their music heard, riding on the backs of authentic and original masters. Shows more class to direct us to other great historic artists rather than to weak followers who will clearly never leave even a tiny imprint on history.
March 25, 2016
Awesome recording from Boggs
This song is excellent, the ruggedness of the original recording is well-preserved. Dock Boggs really offers a sense of what he is saying in the song. True blues by definition.
Dgold at AHT
April 16, 2004
Highly influential on contemporary American roots bands
Here are a few modern-day cover versions of this "Country Blues" tune -- all found in the Live Music Archive section of this site:
-- It was Leftover Salmon who first led me to an appreciation of Dock Boggs and "Country Blues." LOS' Drew Emmitt sings this with a high and lonesome style that is chilling to the bone, while he utterly rocks the tune on acoustic mandolin.
Donna The Buffalo
-- This version is a real jammer with an extended improv instrumental intro before they dig into the vocal part.
-- Good stuff.